Monday, March 23, 2009
William Kentridge - Everyone Their Own Projector
If you don’t know Kentridge’s work, he is a remarkable artist from South Africa whose animated drawings define their own genre of art-making. Using stop-motion techniques and charcoal drawing, Kentridge draws, erases, draws, erases, photographing each stage in the metamorphosis of his black and white charcoal stories. The results are lyrically beautiful, conceptually melancholic, politically complex films where the passage of time and the narrative’s history become persistently inscribed in the erasures on the page.
But back to Kentridge’s recently published artist’s book. Though best known for his charcoal animations, Kentridge was a printmaker before venturing into film and he has continued his practice of etching and lithographic printing even while working on his animations.